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20 March 2013
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nowhereland
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tumblr doesn't have to be a social networking site if you don't want it to be. You can just browse. It's a "blogging" site for people to share images, quotes, text, videos, blah blah blah. I was pretty addicted to it for a while, I've since used it less, but it's where I obtain most of my Beatles eye-candy- photos, videos, quotes, and even song clips I've all never heard/seen before.

Here's my tumblr: http://nowhere--land.tumblr.com/  There's a good amount of Beatles material on there! Tumblr does have it's fair share of nutjobs though, and thats what kind of drove me off. Nevertheless, I still go back on to look at Beatles stuff!

There are a ton of Beatles fans around on there, mostly young of course.

20 March 2013
10.39am
Ben Ramon
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I loathe Facebook, which also amounts to a certain degree of self-hatred because I do use it. As a means of communication, promotion and organisation of events it has become a practical necessity in this slovenly modern age, especially among my generation. I don't post statuses though; I can't stand people who use it as a way to feel more important with constant updates on their life. Twitter is even worse. Admittedly I've never really perused Tumblr for its benefits or drawbacks.

It's disturbing to me how we are increasingly downsizing our life onto technological interfaces and making an obscene amount of shortcuts for ourselves; by existing partly as an account on Facebook, or having every single piece of information we could possibly need in the palm of our hand with a smartphone, it seems to me we're really becoming far too dependent on technology, and people (especially children) are becoming lazier and stupider as a result. You can see kids as young as 10 in Britain standing in groups on the way to school or wherever, lost in their phones, playing games, comparing apps etc. I'm sure a great deal of these kids are very intelligent, but is it really healthy for an entire generation to be weaned on this kind of intellectual complacence? Can you imagine how, not even that long ago, if you wanted to know about a subject you had to GET A BOOK OUT OF A LIBRARY? The mind boggles! The majority of people are satisfied with complete mediocrity, especially in arts, music and culture. Everything is too easy to make, and too easy to assimilate.

Now don't get me wrong, there's something to be said about the privilege of living in such a progressive and amazing era. The digital Revolution is an incredible thing in many ways but it strikes me as unnatural for mankind to be so reliant on something synthetic. The most frightening thing is how quickly it's progressing; for example look at how mobile phones have advanced in the last 10 years, from green-screen bricks with a few rudimentary games to these sleek things that govern all of life's tasks for you and serve you up whatever information you may want at the touch of a button. I'm 20 now, and I shudder to imagine what things will be like when I'm an old man. I can't imagine there being much need for people to leave the house (the recent discussion of the "death of the high street" in the UK seems to only corroborate this idea).

Apologies for the rant, I have been thinking about this recently and wanted to get some of it off my chest! With people discussing the merits and demerits of social networking, this suddenly seemed the right place to do it.

 

 

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20 March 2013
12.37pm
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Dont use twitter, facebook, tumblr (why couldnt they spell it normally?) and the only open social contact i have online is select forums like here. The most i get is the very occasional PM, everything else is based on my want or ability to appear and interact - not being hassled but morons. Im not wanting to let such sites take over and become one of those who has to check and update their facebook page all the time. I also hate mobile phones and havent put any credit it in for 9 months. Folk can get me on it if they want, i have a house phone if i need to call, but it stops pointless texting where nothing is said and folk calling for no reason. Yes i will put credit in if it something important happens down the line. Its very freeing not being stuck to a phone worried that you might miss a call.

Here's a novel idea - if you want to talk to someone phone them, dont resort to 50 posts or texts or updates, its more personal and it has that feeling of value and people get more of a kick from it. The internet is a good source for information but i like reading books. Currently reading a big fat book about the Kings and Queens of Britain, a brilliant read. Far more enjoyable abd rewarding than reading about them online.

[There are probably a lot of counter statements in the above but hey life and humans dont run in a straight line. Yeah im rambling but i'm allowing myself to do so.]

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23 March 2013
11.57am
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MelaRoza
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meanmistermustard said
Dont use twitter, facebook, tumblr (why couldnt they spell it normally?) and the only open social contact i have online is select forums like here. The most i get is the very occasional PM, everything else is based on my want or ability to appear and interact - not being hassled but morons. Im not wanting to let such sites take over and become one of those who has to check and update their facebook page all the time. I also hate mobile phones and havent put any credit it in for 9 months. Folk can get me on it if they want, i have a house phone if i need to call, but it stops pointless texting where nothing is said and folk calling for no reason. Yes i will put credit in if it something important happens down the line. Its very freeing not being stuck to a phone worried that you might miss a call.

Here's a novel idea - if you want to talk to someone phone them, dont resort to 50 posts or texts or updates, its more personal and it has that feeling of value and people get more of a kick from it. The internet is a good source for information but i like reading books. Currently reading a big fat book about the Kings and Queens of Britain, a brilliant read. Far more enjoyable abd rewarding than reading about them online.

[There are probably a lot of counter statements in the above but hey life and humans dont run in a straight line. Yeah im rambling but i'm allowing myself to do so.]

 

I wouldn't call tumblr a social networking. For me it's a place, where I can browse plenty of inspiring pictures, photos, quotations and so on. I've found there for example, lots of Beatles pictures which I hadn't seen in google graphics. I have my tumblr'blog' and I just keep my favourite stuff there. That's all. I follow interesting blogs, but I don't care how many people follow me. 

I agree that reading normal book is way better than reading about something in the internet. I hate sitting in front of the screen in the same position ... it's just not a pleasure for me. That's way I buy books. I'm a bookoholic. :D

But I don't think that internet is only a bad thing.

And by the way, I have my mobile phone but I'm not stuck to it. Sometimes, after coming back home I leave it in my pocket and I forget about it for the whole weekend. Sometimes I miss a lot of calls, but it's not the end of the world for me. I can call back later.  But normally, my phone is just lying somewhere in my room and when I need it, I use it. But what's wrong in texting a friend, even if nothing important happened? 

"Living is easy with eyes closed,
misunderstanding all you see..."

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